Farmers are encouraged to have their say on how federal environment law intersects with their business and their property in a survey by the National Farmers’ Federation (NFF).
The survey is in response to a decision by the Government to carry out a specific review into the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (EPBC Act).
“As part of the process, the NFF has developed a survey to give a voice to farmers,” NFF Chief Executive Officer Tony Mahar said.
“Farmers manage 48 per cent of the landscape. It therefore makes sense for the Act to be reviewed, in the first instance, through the lens of its intersection with agriculture.
“Our farmers are at the frontline of delivering environmental outcomes on behalf of all Australians.
“Every day, farmers care for protected flora and fauna species, encourage biodiversity and nurture soil health."
Mr Mahar said farmers had ongoing concerns about the interaction of the EPBC Act and its State equivalents.
“In some cases farmers can be compliant with the EPBC Act but be in breach of a state Act or vice versa.
"This needs to be resolved, to provide farmers with the certainty they need to do business."
Specifically the NFF’s short survey focuses on farmers’ experience surrounding compliance with the EPBC Act.
Mr Mahar said the results of the survey would provide a better understanding the nature of farmers’ interactions with the Act and ultimately, enable the NFF to mount a case for improved outcomes for farmers.
“Farmers take pride in, and are astute at, managing and protecting biodiversity, while going about the pursuit of feeding and clothing the world.
“To enable them to do this in a way that achieves the best outcomes for the environment and productivity, they need to be absolutely clear of their legislative obligations.
“Also importantly, farmers must not be burdened with unnecessary red tape,” Mr Mahar said.
“We encourage farmers to participate in this survey to allow us to provide an informed submission to the review that will have long-lasting benefits for the way in which farmers can manage their land.”
The survey is open until 12 June.
Take the survey today https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/JJ9XTX5